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on capitol hill. >> will lawmakers confirm john brennan as the head of the cia? i am tracie potts in washington. >> our storm is still two parts. so far, new england has not had that much snow. right now at the airport, up 41 degrees. >> >> today is leon panetta's last day as secretary of defense. president obama will co-host a farewell ceremony today. he finished his term by testifying at a committee on the attacks in benghazi. chuck hagel has not been confirmed. also waiting for confirmation, john brennan, nominee for head of the cia. brennan won praise after the thursday confirmation hearing, where he defended drone attacks on terror suspects. tracie potts has the latest from capitol hill. >> truth, full truth -- >> it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers after defending drone attacks on terror suspects, even american spirit at least three whad been killed so far. >> any american who did that should know that they are part of an enemy against us and the united states will do anything possible to destroy the enemy. >> drones are used against immine
back to southern washington, john brennan, president obama's choice to lead the cia in the second term, was grilled by both democrats and republicans at a confirmation hearing today, one that got off to a raucous start, with protesters and questions about the agency's controversial drone program and interrogation program. nbc's andrea mitchell covering in our washington newsroom. andrea, it's not every day you hear the order to have the hearing room cleared. >> reporter: not indeed. in fact, the senate historians said they can't recall this happening going back to the '60s and '70s. today a chastened john brennan programs promised to be open with congress if he is confirmed to lead the cia. even as the white house still limited access to key documents in a hearing that did not get off to a smooth smart. >> members of the committee, i'm honored to appear before you today. [ heckling ] [ banging gavel ] >> please remove this woman. we will recess. >> reporter: when john brennan did get to testify, he said he opposed the harsh interrogations during the bush administration when he was at t
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as u.s. terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. in his hearing, brennan strongly defended the use of drones but he distanced himself from questionable interrogation tactics used on terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, on drone attacks and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's legal and asked what if the cia ta
brennan faces stiff scrutiny from all sides in tough questioning over drones, waterboarding and leaks. popular vote, hillary clinton is day's removed from public office but a new poll finds her public image soaring. time to put another log on the 2016 speculation fire. and the northeast braces for a giant winter storm that could deliver historic and dangerous amounts of snow combined with gale force winds. the latest update on what to expect in minutes. good morning from washington. it's friday, february 8, 2013, and this is "the daily rundown." from the moment cia nominee john brennan entered his confirmation hearing on thursday, it was clear that the first major public discussion of the obama administration's drone program would be on the combative end, offering a rare public display of democratic dismay with their president a president's policies. after protesters interrupted brennan's opening statement five times, committee chair dianne feinstein cleared the room leaving it nearly ended as brennan defended the drone program and senators shared their frustrationses. >> with the exc
their blackberries, and enhanced interrogation techniques among the issues the cia director nominee john brennan will face in a confirmation hearing 30 minutes from now. a new showdown for the president's national security team. we're going to have that live for you. >> i think it's fair to say that far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership and al-qaeda along the lines that we're discussing here as opposed to an effort to invade a country with hundreds of thousands of troops and take cities and towns. >> fox news alert. in a moment we'll have the latest on the manhunt for the former police officer unforgiving violence and anyone with an l.a.p.d. badge and he's killed three people and reportedly, but his list of targets is much longer and we're going to hear from the riverside police chief on the status of this massive manhunt and the shooting that led to the death of one of his officers and injured another. stay tuned for that. well, there are new questions about the immediate future for our men and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts an
to acknowledge these documents existed. >>> and news of the disclosure coming just as john brennan, the president's nominee to be cia director is set for his senate confirmation hearing. brennan was the architect of the drone policy. as barbara starr tells us, it's just one of the obstacles he faces. >> mr. john brennan. >> reporter: when president obama's pick for cia director heads to capitol hill today for his confirmation hearing, it's some in the president's own party that are threatening to hold up john brennan's nomination. oregon democrat senate other ron wyden telling reporters he would pull out all the stops to get answers about the legality of targeting americans involved with al qaeda overseas. in written answers to committee questions, brennan didn't address killing americans, but insisted all targeting is made on a case by case basis. >> senator wyden was trying to find out that basic information. and has been denied that. so you know, the most basic questions about a program that john brennan has been the architect of and the orchestrator of for four years, the most basic details o
into a fiery -- kill terror suspects spilled out into a fiery hearing today. john brennan, the president's pick for a cia. fox 5's tom fitzgerald, what happened? >> this was a wild start from the moment that john brennan sat down in the witness chair today being interrupted by protesters angry over his role in u.s. intelligence operations and the war on terror. while president obama's choice to head the cia is expected to win quick confirmation, his opponents made it clear they were determined to make this a very long day in that witness chair. right from the start confirmation hearing for john brennan to head the cia -- >> you are a threat to democracy when you assassinate suspects! >> >> reporter: interrupted by anti-war protesters who say u.s. drone strikes aimed at killing terrorists have killed too many innocent people. >> i speak for the mothers of the children in yemen, pakistan, somalia -- >> the outburst delayed the start of the hearing. >> all right. i'm going to ask that this room be cleared. will the capitol police please clear the room. >> with the demonstrators removed brennan we
it. >>> also on capitol hill hill john brennan was a key issue. brennan defended the program. he said drone strikes are used against targets that pose an imminent threat, not for retribution. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: protesters held up the start of john brennan's confirmation hearing. officers removed demonstrators upset over the u.s. drone strike program brennan helped manage. the president's pick for cia director then faced senators. lawmakers recently got a look at a see cent document explaining why the obama administration believes drone strikes can also target americans who joined with terrorist yoefrs seas. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that's so troubling. >> reporter: brennan defended the policy. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> reporter: brennan was up for cia director in 2009 but withdrew his name from consideration after questions arose about his role in the war on terror. brennan was a cia executive when the bush administration use
. . >>> thank you for joining us. i'm hey hey. >>> the president's -- i'm jc hayward. john brennan has to answer some tough questions about the obama administration's use of human drone strikes. >> reporter: lawmakers get their chance to grill the president's pick to run the nation's top spy agency. it comes in the middle of a growing controversy over u.s. drone strikes targeting terror suspects overseas. brennan helped manage the drone program. >> there were many cases we're talking about hardened terrorists but we do need to have a different approach when an american citizen is involved. >> reporter: now the white house is letting lawmakers look at classified information explaining the legal justification for using strikes targeting american terror suspects. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are raising concerns about the program. brennan is also expected to face tough questions about his time as a c.i.a. executive during the bush administration and what he knew about enhances interrogation techniques. >> he's going to face questions from democrats about his prior role in detention and rend
's the president's choice for cia. today, john brennan answered tough questions about his involvement in the drone strike program. danielle nottingham has more on today's controversial hearing. >> we are killing children here! >> reporter: protestors held up the start of john brennan's senate confirmation hearing. >> as the president's nominee -- >> would you hold, please? >> reporter: officers removed those who were upset over the drone strike program. senators also focused on the program when questioning the president's pick for cia director. >> my role as the president's counterterrorism adviser was to help orchestrate efforts to ensure that any actions we take fully comport with our law. >> reporter: lawmakers recently got a look at a secret document, explaining why the obama administration believes the strikes can also target americans who join with terrorists overseas. >> reporter: brennan was up for cia director in 2009 but withdrew his name from consideration after questions arose about his role in the war on terror. >> reporter: the 25-iar
now john brennan. his confirmation hearing got off to a really dramatic start even before the grilling began. demonstrators interrupted brennan over and over again until the head of the intelligence committee had enough. >> we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared. [shouting] >> we will will recess for a few minutes. >> shepard: those demonstrators were protesting drone missile strikes against terror suspects. this week we got a look at the government guidelines for using those strikes to kill americans. in essence, top officials have to decide you are a senior terror leader and imminent threat to other americans and that it would be too dangerous to try to capture you. they do not have to go to court. they don't have to charge you with a crime. they don't have to give you a lawyer. senators from both parties demanded more documents and last night the justice department gave the intelligence committee the classified legal arguments for the government killing american citizens. but today at least one democrat said that's not enough. mike emanuel is on c
police everywhere could be targeted. >>> one by one protesters had to be removed from john brennan's confirmation hearing today. brennan is president obama's pick for cia director, also one of the architect of the white house drone policy. members of an activist group had to be removed after repeatedly protesting the use of drones to killed suspected al qaeda operatives. steve handelsman has more on today's hearing. >> boy, senators do not like when their hearings are disrupted again and again and again, but they finally got it going. it's not so much that they object to john brennan themselves. they have questions. they know john brennan is a favorite of president obama. he got a pretty warm welcome up here at a hearing that could about, when you think of it, what some call cia torture. could have been about and was in part, about the u.s. intelligence failures that led to the deaths of four u.s. diplomats in benghazi, libya, but mostly it was about the relatively new phenomenon of raging war by remote control. and what the rules ought to be. talking about u.s. unmanned drones. th
't disagree with that. >> okay. do you think this is going to imperil john brennan's nomination? >> the president believes that john brennan is uniquely qualified as a 25-year veteran of intelligence work. >> okay. good morning, everyone. it's the top of the hour. 6:00 on the east coast. it's thursday, february 7th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have the chairman of deutsche incorporated, donny deutsch. and former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. and from washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. andrea, good morning. >> good morning. hi, mika. >> want to get straight into the news. chris christie's back in the news. he kind of fired back at that white house doctor who made some really kind of inappropriate comments about his weight. >> yeah, did you hear about that? >> i thought. i thought it was great what he said. it's exactly the conversation that we don't need to have about weight and obesity. we need to have a better one. hopefully this will lead to that at
on capitol hill this morning. during confirmation hearings, john brennan will be asked to explain the legal justification tore predator drone strikes against u.s. citizens. they're expected to zero in as his chief counter-terrorism adviser, specifically what he knew and when he knew it. his knowledge of the administration's use of the tactic faces scrutiny after the release of confidential government documents. drones are used to kill americans believed to be leaders of al qaeda. that news brought backlash from both sides of the aisle along with demands of the administration's legal justification for the strikes. the white house bound to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. dianne feinstein who heads the intelligence committee says lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement saying it's critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all intelligence and counter-terrorism operations. >>> in a speech last summer, brennan said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. turned a
as part of his confirmation hearings in the u-s senate. john brennan is expected to attend a classified hearing next tuesday. then, the first vote on his nomination will be held on thursday. yesterday, he was quizzed about several controversial issues such as interrogation techniques and the use of drones. the obama administration believes it has the right to kill americans who are top al- qaeda operatives. brennan also insisted he has always opposed harsh interrogations, including so- called "waterboarding." brennan was 'high up' in the c- i-a after the september 11th attacks... when those practices were used. but in 2007, brennan said he believed the information obtained from these techniques helped "save lives." nothing could be further from the truth. really take such actions as the last resort to save lives. when there is no other alternative to taking an action that is going to mitigate that threat. more problems for lance armstrong.he's been stripped of his tour de france titles for doping, but now he's being sued for 12 million dollars in prize money. s-c-a promotions presente
the cia. protesters disrupted proceedings for john brennan as he began his testimony before the senate intelligence committee. fox 5's top top was at the hearing. the -- top top was at the hearing. the -- tom fitzgerald was at the hearing. >> tom brennan brennan and his 25 years at the cia has made him a target of anti-protests who say he is the architect of the cia's unmanned drone program and it did not take long to hear those protesters. >> all right. we will stop again. >> i speak for the mothers in yemen, pakistan, somalia and -- >> that was one of several interruptions of brennan's testimony by the anti-war group code pink inside the senate intelligence committee today. brennan has been at the center of the successful u.s. mission that both killed osama bin laden as well as the drone strike which took out anwar al awki and brennan said significant threat still remain in the united states as well as the chief bombmaker for al- qaeda whose attempt failed to blow up an american airliner last year and his crist mayday attempt in 2009. -- christmas day attempt in 2009. >> when mr. al-
. on the hill today, john brennan's confirmation hearing got off to a rough start. >> i speak for the mothers -- >> all right, we will stop again. >> i have a list of all the names and ages -- >> all right. we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared. >> five separate times today members of code pink had to be escorted out. protesters are angry about brennan's role in crafting the drone policy. targeting suspected terrorists and sometimes killing innocent victims. brennan addressed the protesters directly today, said the use of lethal force is always a last resort. >> the people that were standing up here today, i think they really have a misunderstanding of what we do as a government, and the care that we take and the agony we go through to make sure that we do not have any collateral injuries or deaths. >> despite concerns over the u.s. drone policy, brennan is expected to win confirmation. >>> those across the board spending cuts known as sequestration are still set to cannic in on march 1st, president obama once again urged lawmakers to reach a deal soon. jo
could do the job. jenna: we'll see if john brennan gets approved. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. the cia nominee will have to appear before the senate intelligence committee in a few hours. as lawmakers on the panel are received classified information about how the obama administration is justifying drone strikes own american terrorists overseas. brennan helped manage the drone program. he is likely going to be challenged on it today. lawmakers also expected to ask him about waterboarding and for what he knew about some high-profile national security leaks. a lot of big topics. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live from capitol hill with more. within those hallways, mike, what are you hearing about? what will really be the focus of this hearing? >> reporter: jenna, i think you hit on a lot of the key topics. senator i don't know mccain is among those very interested in brennan's position on those enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. brennan came out and said he was opposed to waterboarding. mccain wants to know if there is any evidence that b
hill. john brennan is face age lot of heat over the administration's controversial drone program. peter doocy is covering this for us. we are watching it live. >> good morning heather when you think of the cia you think of size gathering intelligence in secret and quiet places. the confirmation hearing for the potential next cia director was very loud at times, 5 times to be precise. that's how nanny interruptions protestors for the group made before diane fine stein had enough and cleared the hearing room during some calmer moments we heard john brennan explain his fiphilosophy which included defense of the obama administration's drone program. >> i never believed in a terrorist event to detain him. we want to detain as much as possible to get information from them to prevent further terrorist attacks. >> the agency started using enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding. yesterday he changed his tune a little bit. >> i have expressed my personal objections and views about certain of those eit's such as waterboarding nudity and others where i professed my personal objections
. >> john brennan is facing tough questions about the u.s. drone program. he is the nominee to head the cia and his hearing comes at a time when the white house is facing criticism for its droned policy. as the counter as and chief, he was a big force behind those strikes. coming up, what brennan had to say about the strikes and what the -- what brought the hearing to a grinding halt. >> the man accused of trying to blow up a bank has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. he was charged in october for his attempted plot but was actually an fbi sting operation. investigators say he drove a truck with what he thought were explosive to the entrance of the bank and try to detonate the bomb. he could get life in prison. >> a judge stood his ground today, denying the public access to a hearing which could have major consequences for the man convicted of killing changdra levy. stephen tschida has breaking developments on this. >> what ever this information is that has surfaced, we know that it is significant. ingmar guandique is back tonight. he was in the courtroom today. gone is the energetic you
's pick, john brennan. >> hallie jackson has the latest. >> john brennan almost certainly face questions about the drone strike program and whether those tactics should be used overseas. this morning some in congress would get the chance to see secret information about what the government believes they can use drones to go after citizens working with the terrorists. >> there is a legal justification to try to stop them from carrying out plots. >> the government doesn't need evidence of a specific attack. >> all they have to show it is a view that somebody is doing something bad and has not renounced that. >> john brennan will face questions about his role in creating the program. >> they are necessary to mitigate an actual threat, to stop lots and prevent future attacks. >> the white house says john byrne has the experience to lead the cia. >> he thinks that it is legitimate to ask questions about how we prosecute the call against al qaeda. >> the june strike program is not the only issue likely to come out. expect lawmakers to ask about his stance on enhanced interrogation techniques. >
to be cia director, john brennan, mark, he had the confirmation hearing yesterday. a lot of discussion about the use of unmanned drones. did john brennan help make the case for the what the administration is doing? >> yeah, he did. just in a note, in fairness to john brennan gave it time and again and with some justification, pointed out that the nominees of and appointees of the obama administration have been overwhelmingly the sons and daughters of the ivy league. and john brennan is a graduate of fordham university in new york, a jesuit city school and graduate work at the university of texas. but-- . >> woodruff: glad to have that classified. >> the jesuit league is well represented as well. >> that's right, that's right. but i do think, judy, that he was a far more foremidable witness on his own behalf for his own nomination than was chuck hagel the week before. he was far more confident, far more informed, authoritative. but this is the first time it was ever debated, the subject. i mean it's gone undebated. and i have to concede that much of the criticism, i think from conservative pr
to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> members of the senate intelligence committee will soon learn more about the obama administration's drone program. the white house says the justice department sent classified advice about the program to the senate and house intelligence committees. the documents reportedly state that it is legal for the government to kill u.s. citizens overseas if it believes they're high-ranking terrorists who are trying to kill americans. >>> and a drastic call by the pentagon this morning ahead of what could be huge budget cuts next month. the navy will reduce the number of
could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia, john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser is under scrutiny for using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia or worked in the cia under president h.w. bush. >>> and we're learning more information about the winning powerball ticket worth $217 million. the ticket was sold at the richmond national airport. at the lottery self-serve. 5, 27, 36, 38, 41, and the powerball number 12. if you have friends or family who bought a ticket at the richmond airport, you may want to give them a call to check their ticket. and after you call them, why don't you call us, so we can share. we can all share. >> at least we can share your good news. and tom has news that's not so bad for us because it sounds like we might miss some of the real bad stuff, huh
hearing for cia director john brennan already much quieter, that story is coming up. >> this one is an identified flying object. it's headed to the earth. we'll tell you about it coming up. >> ahead in sports why it doesn't pay to be ranked number one in college basketball. at least this season. we'll be back. >>> welcome back. 5:120 on this friday morning -- 5:10 on this friday morning. we have some rain and wet snow especially west of route 15. viewer reported to me that their roommate warrenton and it was snowing and at the prince george's county it was raining. we've got the rain in d.c.. a cold rain even up in gaithersburg. the snow west this morning. tapering to showers afternoon. highs 40 to 45. monika? >>> even with just the wet road conditions, we've got a couple of accidents. first of all, on the ramp from northbound route 5 branch avenue to the outer loop of the beltway. watch out for the accident. the other one's down in upper marlboro. route 301 northbound blocking the left lane after croom station road. in landover traffic is moving well. back with more details in a
for tomorrow's senate confirmation heerg for john brennan, the man nominated to head the ciament he is considered the architect of the obama administration's drone campaign. "the washington post" reveals that the u.s. has been operating the secret drone base for the last two years. brennan played a key role in negotiating the base with the saudi kingdom. meanwhile, charlottesville, virginia, has become the first city in the country to pass a resolution restricting use of drones by law enforcement. >>> president obama's asking law makers to take quick action as a march for a deadline approaches that will trigger deep spending cuts signalling that more time is negotiated a broader deal. he urged lawmakers to delay the sequester. but coming up with a limited package of spending cuts and tax reforms. nearly $1 trillion of domestic and defense spending hanging in the balance, the president said the impact is already being felt. >> we've also seen the effects of political dysfunction can have on our economic progress. the drawn out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt consumer conf
brennan. he is expected to come under fire at this afternoon's confirmation hearings for supporting the cia's controversial drone program. brennan will also be asked about the support for the bush era enhanced interrogation tactics like walter boarding. >>> time now for defense secretary leon panetta to take the hot seat on what happened on september 11th in benghazi. libya. it happened that night at a consulate rather in the city. four americans died including u.s. ambassador. panetta will speak before a committee and deafen see will also testify. >>> the conviction in the levy murder case is now in question. defense lawyers for the suspect in this. the man who was convict, are arguing this morning that the prosecution's key witness is not credible. now that witness already was imprisoned serving time for assaulting two women in the same area. her body was found. the lawyers will be petitioning for a new trial today. the man convicted was found guilty in 2010 of killing chandra levy. >>> president barack obama will address faith based groups today. the president is scheduled to spe
. >>> this is what caused the white house to give in. confirmation hearing for john brennan to become the next director of the cia. leading proponent of lethal drone strikes overseas that have killed americans. there was a growing call for the president to show the secret legal reasoning that gives the white house the authority to carry out those strikes and the president has just decided to comply. a republican veteran of these battles says the drone policy goes too far. >> the president is taking all of this authority to himself. he is the judge, the jury and the executioner. that is absolutely 100% wrong. >> and brennan today will face questions over the strikes including whether it's better to simply kilter orrists remotely rather than capture or interrogate them. the white house stands by a program to conduct the war on terror. >> it's fair to say that far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership in al-qaida along the lines we're discussing as oppose an effort to invat a country with hundreds and thousands of troops to invade cities and towns. >> reporte
of discussion. >>brian: john brennan -- >>gretchen: i get that. but they killed al-alawaki three years ago now. i don't remember lawmakers making a humongous stink about this. some libertarians did. to me, it is two issues. is the president being hypocritical because he complained about george bush and his tactics with the war on terror? yes, but that is a separate issue from president obama is fighting the war on terror. are you against actually killing terrorists? yesterday ed henry from fox news grilled the president's spokesperson on that. >> why are you dancing around the question of whether or not we killed civilians? why can't the government admit that -- >> i don't think i'm dancing around it. i didn't dispute it. what i can't do or what i'm not -- i don't disagree with that. >> do you think this is going to imperil john brennan's nomination? >> the president believes he is uniquely qualified as a 25-year veteran of intelligence work, 25-year veteran at the c.i.a. to lead that agency. and as the president's top counterterrorism advisor these past four years, he has done extraordinary w
anti-war protestors interrupted hearings to confirm john brennan as director of the cia. when the hearings did finally get underway, brennan was asked why he changed his mind on the use of interrogation techniques that some call torture. >> i had expressed my personal objections and views to some colleagues about certain of those, water boarding, nudity, others, where i professed my objections to it, but i didn't try to stop it, because it was something being done in a different part of the agency under the authority of others. >> lawmakers will get another chance to grill brennan in a closed door classified briefing tuesday. >>> and leon panetta testified thursday saying the pentagon did not have any forces close to libya when the u.s. consulate was attacked last september. he also said for the first time, or he said for the first time that the defense department supported arming rebels in syria. that's a direct contrast to the official position of the obama administration. >>> funeral services will be held at arlington cemetery today for a virginia soldier. 28-year-old serge
tomorrow when senate confirmation hearings begin for john brennan, president obama's nominee to head the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfort items. four members of the hostage team approached the bunker and opened the hatch dropping in a flash bang device to distract dykes. he was disoriented but managed to fire one shot. the hostage tea
that targeted more than 300 suspected terrorists. in a surprising about face, and just hours before john brennan begins confirmation hearings the white house agreed to turn over classified documents to member of congress that lay out the rationale for the controversy lagrone program. >> they are suggesting they might hold up of bennett's nomination until they got to see the documents. the documents explain from a legal standpoint how the drones could be used to kill suspected terrorists. it was revealed that american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if and inform high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but there does not have to be evidence of a credible plot. >> the methods are designed specifically to avoid civilian casualties. >> the use of drones to take out american citizen and al qaeda leader back in 2011 is likely to be brought up repeatedly during thursday's hearing on the hill, but human rights activists say the question should be does the justice department go too far with targets that are not that extreme. >> it essentially claims that the executive br
, john brennan is expected to face tough questions about the u.s. drone program. he is president obama's nominee to head the cia. his confirmation hearing when the white house faces increasing criticism for its drawn attack policy. as the president counter- terrorism chief, he was a big force behind the strikes. white house is backing the program. courts are counter-terrorism efforts are designed including our targeted efforts to limit civilian casualties. >> a main issue lawmakers came earlier this week when an unclassified memo came out. the memo said the justice department could target american citizens tied to al qaeda if it believes that they pose an imminent threat. a senate panel has postponed a vote on chuck hagel's nomination to become defense secretary. republicans were not satisfied with the information he provided during last week's confirmation hearing. they want more details about his paid speeches and his business dealings. the former nebraska senator already faced opposition for his past statements and votes on israel iran, and nuclear weapons. president obama the first
for confirmation hearings. john brennan is expected to face some tough questions regarding america's policy for drone attacks. a justice department memo was leaked to the press this week which spelled out the administration's claim for when it would -- [indiscernible] -- to kill americans working with al qaeda even without a trial. some in congress say they want to question brennan about the policy because he's considered the architect of america's drone program. >>> the vote on chuck hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense is postponed. the senate armed services committee put it off after republicans demanded more information from the nominee on speeches he had made plus who had paid him for those speeches. there's also been concern over his lackluster performance during the question and answer sessions at his recent confirmation hearings. >>> 6:06. jessica doyle is here with another your money report. >> the automatic federal budget cuts. sequestration. about three weeks away and everybody is saying this could be a big blow to the u.s. economy, to defense, to a whole list of things.
director. brennan has been architect and one of its biggest defenders. >> it's this surgical precision, the ability with laser-like focus to eliminate the cancerous tumor called an al qaeda terrorist. >> brennan will be facing other questions during the hearing including what he knew about enhanced interrogation, such as waterboarding when he served with the cia during the bush administration. another thing to come up, his acknowledgement he's been questioned by federal prosecutors investigating national security leaks under president obama. brennan told the senate intelligence committee in a written statement he's been told by his lawyer he's only a witness in those probes. savannah. >> michael isikoff, thank you, a member of the intelligence committee, has pressed the white house on its drone policy. senator, thank you for being with us. >> good morning. >> first question, are you satisfied after saying the president was practicing secret law and stonewalling, are you satisfied these memos are released to some members of congress? >> this is an encouraging first step. especially beca
john pwrepb tpher -- brennan head of the c.i.a. administration. >>steve: if george bush was president and he had a program like this, democrats would be calling for george bush's impeachment. this would be a giant story every day in "the new york times." instead what you hear on the other side, crickets. there was a letter that came out yesterday. 11 senators wrote a letter to the president -- eight democrats and three republicans -- asking for questions. which is interesting, when you go back to 2007, there were 144 democrats who sent a letter to president bush to close gitmo over the torture. the hypocrisy is stunning. >>gretchen: they did come up at the press conference, jay carney, there were several reporters calling out the hypocrisy. at least they were asking questions about this issue. he had the same -- it's almost like he was reading a legal answer, because he read the same quote several times to the same question almost as if they parsed the words to make sure. because the aclu, quite frankly, is suing the government right now. the aclu usually agrees with this administrati
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